Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Detroit City Council to Governor: Uh, Could You Help Us Get Rid of Mayor Mac Daddy?

The comic farce in Detroit continues, as thug Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's future may now rest in the hands of Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm's office on Tuesday accepted with little fanfare a politically charged request to remove Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from office.

"The Detroit City Council's request of the governor has been received, and it will be reviewed," spokeswoman Liz Boyd said in a statement.

The Democratic governor faces a tough decision now that the council has formally asked her to remove Kilpatrick, a fellow Democrat, for misconduct in a whistle-blowers' settlement [That and about a thousand other things...--ed.]. State law allows the governor to remove an elected official from office for a number of reasons, including when an officeholder has been guilty of official misconduct.

Granholm so far has said she wants to allow the criminal process to play out. But that could drag on for months, prompting the council to ask the governor to remove the 37-year-old mayor.

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Tuesday's request is a critical step in the council's actions to force Kilpatrick from office. In March, the council approved a nonbinding resolution asking Kilpatrick to voluntarily step down. Kilpatrick has steadfastly said he will not resign.
Yes, those nonbinding resolutions always hold so much sway on their intended targets. Just ask the UN.

The latest action comes after Kilpatrick tried to muscle in on City Council power by taking over distribution of federal grant money.
“This is outrageous, ridiculous, patently absurd . . . a low down evil attempt to strip council of power,” said Councilwoman JoAnn Watson.
Naturally, the AP omits any mention of Democrats in their dispatch.

Thanks to Ace for the link!

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